My Best Way to Pray

I tend to zone out a little watching the news and I absorb political news about as much as I retain medical details. Not very well.

I’m just not that opinionated. I have to push myself to be critical when writing book reviews and it takes me a little time to decide if I really like the movie I just saw..or maybe just the event of watching a movie in a big dark theatre and eating popcorn with quiet kids.

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Our Lady of Fatima: 100th Anniversary!


May 13th marks the 100th Anniversary of the first of Our Lady’s Appearances to three shepherd children in Fatima.

You can read about the Story of Fatima here including Our Lady’s messages and promises.

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Month of May: Month of Mary! Crafts and Activities inspired by Mother Mary and the Rosary!

We’re well into May! Here’s a quick picture summary of some of our favorite Mary and Rosary crafts!

Our oversized wood bead Rosary is always a hit at the conferences we attend. This is a pretty simple craft made with wooden beads, a wooden cross and a wooden heart, acrylic paint and mod podge…and it’s one of the favorites in our book A Treasure Chest of Traditions for Catholic Families!

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Our Adventure in England!

Things have been a little quiet here at Equipping Catholic Families because I’ve been away on a trip to England and Ireland with my Mom, visiting my daughter Emily.

Emily is studying at Royal Holloway, University of London. And seriously…her residence room is in a tower of this incredible castle. I can see her room window in one of the turrets in this picture!

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DIY Heirloom Play Mass Set

It’s hard to believe that Adam is going to be seven this week!

Last year, I made a Play Mass kit for Adam…and I love the way it turned out!

I put a quick little ‘how-to’ craft kit for you with information for my favorite wood supply store…complete with an itemized purchase list to make it easy for you. See below…

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DIY Heirloom Child Chasuble

We made this Heirloom Play Mass Kit for Adam last year…

He was doing fine with his Play Mass Kit, but I decided to make him his own priest vestment…a Chasuble.

I bought a metre of no-wrinkle white fabric, some ribbon and some ribbon-sized heat bond (iron-on adhesive).

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The Passion (told by Adam)

So I found this audio mysteriously on my ipod. I vaguely remember Bridget recording Adam telling his version of The Passion.

This is totally unscripted.  I’m just sad that he no longer calls palm branches “pom poms”.

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Apostle Painted Saints

It has been a while since I crafted something, so this week I painted a set of Apostles as part of my #paintedsaint collection. They are the small ones…measuring just under 1 3/4″. They’re not perfect, because it’s difficult painting detail with toothpicks, but I think that that adds to their charm.

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NEW Divine Mercy Abacus with Novena Prayer Carousel!

We’ve added something to our line of Easy as Abacus Prayer Trackers! Check out the Divine Mercy Carousel…keeping the prayers for each day of the Novena all ready for you! Just in time for Good Friday…when the Divine Mercy Novena starts!

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Hands-On Holy Week!

Over the years, we have been creating and collecting cute kid crafts to help delve into the Liturgical Calendar and facilitate a Hands-On Holy Week!

Holy Week is the most important week of the whole year! Here’s a summary post of crafts you can make and reintroduce year after year… for this special week! Click on the links (or the pictures) for more details and picture tutorials!

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